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't reach an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff, taxes for all americans will go up, and across the board spending cuts will kick in on january 1st. economists say that combination would plunge the country back into a recession. >> reporter: there are signs some republicans will willing to compromise on taxes if they can secure cut to social security, medicare and medicaid. >> give the president the 2% increase that he is talking about, the rate increase on the top 2%, and all of a sudden the shift goes back to entitlement. >> reporter: one proposal under discussion, raising the eligibility age for medicare is not going over well with democrats and advocates for senior citizens. >> the option, for example, to raise the medicare age actually is bad policy and will increase costs, because people who are 65 and 66 still need health insurance. >> reporter: the aarp says the real solution to cutting the deficit is lowers skyrocketing health care costs. in washington, danielle nottingham, cbs 5. >>> a hopeful sign for the economy, today is expected to be the biggest shipping day of the
hopeful but little progress was made. if they can't reach an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff, taxes for all americans will go up and across the board spending cuts will kick in on january 1. economists say that combination could plunge the country back into a recession. there are signs some republicans are now willing to compromise on taxes if they can secure cuts to social security, medicare and medicaid. >> the rate increase on the top 2% that the president is talking about and all of a sudden the shift goes back to entitlements. >> reporter: one proposal under discussion, raising the eligibility age for medicare is not going well for some democrats and advocates for senior citizens. >> the option to raise the medicare age is bad policy and will increase costs because people who are 65 and 66 still need health insurance. >> reporter: the aarp says the real solution to cutting the deficit is lowering skyrocketing health care costs. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. >>> the official fiscal cliff deadline is december 31. but many on capitol hill say that an agreement is need
. if the president and speaker boehner can't reach an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff, taxes for all americans will go up and across-the-board spending cuts will kick in on january 1st. >> reporter: there are signs some republicans are now willing to compromise on taxes, if they can secure cuts to social security, medicare, and medicaid. >> you give the president the 2% he's talking about, the rate increase on the top 2%. and all of a sudden, the shift goes back to entitlements. >> reporter: one proposal under discussion, raging the eligibility age for medicare is not going well for some dem -- democrats and advocates for senior citizens. >> the option to raise the medicare age is bad policy and will increase costs. because people who are 65 and 66 still need health insurance. >> reporter: the aarp says the real solution to cutting the deficit is lowering skyrocketing healthcare costs. in washington, danielle nottingham, wjz eyewitness news. >> well, the official fiscal cliff deadline is december 31st. many on capitol hill say an agreement is needed buyer
the fiscal cliff, the tax hikes and spending cuts due to kick in at year end. the president and house speaker john boehner met one on one at the white house on sunday. while no details were leaked, a rarity for washington, we do know the main sticking points remain. raising taxes on high earners and making cuts to entitlement programs like medicare. >> you know, they started their tango now, and any time you start a tango, you have to get it done. >> more republicans are accepting the idea that wealthy americans will get a tax raise hike. >> there are a group of folks looking at this realizing we don't have a lot of cards before year end. >> but others remain opposed to raising taxes on the top 2%. >> the president wants the rates to go up. that doesn't solve the problem, and we don't want to be back here in another year, another ten years trying to answer the question. >> the deadline for an agreement is closer than you might think. many here on capitol hill tell us that the president tell us they have to reach a deal by the end of this week in order for congress to have enough time to vote
to signal it in some way and then you'll have a two-stage process. they'll do the fiscal cliff stuff and tax reform by august 1 of next year. >> but the speaker so far has not had a rebellion underneath him. he has said things that continue to move in this direction without a rebellion. here's what happened oned with. the president called speaker boehner, my congressional add aides are going to meet with your people. what ron neighbors said tell us what you want after you agree to rates. the white house thought that was an accommodating conversation. the republicans interpreted that as seeking their humiliation. so even within the contours of conversations that are direct and face to face, there are wildly differing interpretations. >> republicans, by the way, know if boehner crosses that bridge, that it could be immediately leaped and get a democratic victory dance on rates without really getting serious on the other side. that's what the lack of trust causes in this process. >> schieffer: i guess in the final analysis, nothing is going to happen until the last minute of the last hour, thou
boehner met to try to prevent the impending fiscal cliff. the tax hikes and spending cuts due to kick in on january 1st. the main sticking points remain, and cuts to entitlement programs medicare. the president has asked congress to work through the holiday break if no deal is reached before then: the federal reserve is expected to announce an expansion o of their program. they will extend the program of buying $85 billion of securities each month into the the new year. announcement is expected when the bankers meet tomorrow and wednesday. a new survey shows pay for private college presidents continues the upward climb. they studied data from 2010 and median compensation rose to $400,000. that is up nearly 3 personality. that's a -- percent. that's a pretty good paying job there. very lucrative. >> cbsmoneywatch.com, thank you. >>> a heavy storm is pummeling the upper midwest. 15 inches of snow dumped on the twin city in minnesota. crews are cranking up the late to melty snow -- melt snow on the roof. it dumped 17 inches of snow on the roof causing it to cave in a couple years ago. an
:00 and what happens is a lot of yelling. >> reporter: the impending fiscal cliff could mean higher taxes on small businesses like this and reduced spending by uneasy customers, weary of another recession. >> what if we need to raise taxes? and people have less money because their taxes are raised too. >> we need to make sure too as a community we stay strong and we protect our customers and our businesses. our own little government almost. >> reporter: the donuts are so fresh that the bakery repeatedly ran out until the next batch was ready. >> i just sold my last one. >> we're not going to make anymore today. i really can't. there will be a second of them. >> what else? >> i need the food tray. >> i have one left. >> if most customers can wait patiently, at times for more than an hour, maybe just maybe even bitter fiscal cliff disagreements can be negotiated. andrea mccaren, 9news. >> wow. we've got a deadly shooting near an airport. authorities in cleveland said that a man fatally shot his wife and then fired at the second person before shooting and killing himself. it occurred this mo
to the battle over the fiscal cliff. much of the debate has centered on the question of whether to raise tax rates on high income earners. but many experts are also raising questions as to whether major tax deductions should be limited or even eliminated entirely. the newshour's economics correspondent paul solman was in washington recently to examine the possible impact of such a change. it's part of his ongoing reporting, "making sense of financial news." reporter: at saint martin's catholic church last thursday, they queued up early for clothing and food. the church, like any nonprofit, relies on charitable donations. but limiting or even charitable deductions could be part of a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. one man of the tax policy center says given our national debt? sort of tax hikes are inevitable. >> one way is to tax the same income we have right now but get more revenue. the alternative is to tax more. get rid of the deductions and the exemptions, the things that reduce or taxable income. we tax more at today's rates and we bring in more revenue. >> reporter: itemized deductions
recession, triggeri triggering events the fiscal cliff. is tax hikes and deep spending cuts january 1st if law makes can't come up with an alternative. no word if any progress was made. both men issuing statements about the talks, saying the lines of communication remain open. and police in london are owning up to authorities in awes as as the investigation deepens into an of radio station's hoax call made to the hospital. and made by these two. and they managed to dupe a nurse into giving out personal, private information and that nurse, by the way, may have committed suicide. so far police have not exactly linked her death to the prank and now for the time being, we're hearing from members of her family. >> and i'll really miss her a lot. she was a good sister-in-law, i can't forget her, she was so good. >> harris: family members talking to the media today for the first time. dj's are off the job and that may not stop the possibility of criminal charges and joining me, lee yeah, thanks for being with us tonight. >> hi, nice to be on. >> what are we learning about, whether metro london
of course and the prospect of increased taxes as we get closer to the fiscal cliff. looks like everybody's taxes are going up no matter how this thing is comes out. consumer spending accounts for more than 2/3 of economic output. especially important at this time of year of course when a lot of sectors in all of these areas have been struggling, here is a bit of good news. martha: okay. take it. bill: not a lot. if you're driving on the road, thanks to shrinking demand manned lower fuel prices gas is sinking like a stone. a drop of 34 cents in the past month. in st. louis, drivers paying just over $3. even l.a. is paying 3.68. which is below four bucks where they have been for a very long time. even further drops expected in the coming days. martha: a devastating loss this morning. jennie rivera, the mexican american singer on the verge of crossing over to this country in u.s. popularity is presumed to have been killed when a private plane crashed in monterrey, mexico. authorities have not confirmed her debt. her relatives say they have few doubts she was on board that plane. she was hea
to understand what the fiscal cliff aside, you have a year-end tax plan. >> there is a usual thing you should still be doing every year. with the rates going up, like a grown-up, there are more valuable than if you don't use them this year. tracy: many people wanting to save their gains, take the losses. >> everybody talks about taking again now, buying back, hire you don't want to accelerate10 texas unless you know you're going to sell those anyway. soon into 2013. if you have a concentrated position is a lot of risk to get out. the next six to 10 months, accelerate. in a long-term investment, there's no reason i don't think accelerate the games to pay uncle sam early. tracy: if you are in a position is a short-term gain, would you buy it back in their retirement accounts like iras? >> it depends if there's going to be gain potentials, still lower than the rate. tracy: that is really important as tax rates go up. speak of the thing is the fiscal cliff is driving people to get a little crazy but reality is the argument is over the highest bracket. for most people it shouldn't matter that much
to the fiscal cliff disrupting our economy and threaten jobs, the white house has wasted another week. >> democrats shona signs of backing off from supporting the president's hard-line stance on raising the income tax rate on the rich. >> we realize there have to be two sets to the bargain, but we are not going to go back to what we did in 2011 putting both revenues and cuts on the table. >> despite the impasse in washington promising signs the economy might be improving -- more job creation, improvement in the housing sector, and a decrease in household debt. solution -- spending cuts combined with an increase in tax revenue. >> talks about the fiscal cliff and the meeting between president obama and john boehner -- >> the president is trying to do two things. he is trying to both reopen negotiations, direct negotiations between him and the house speaker, the deal be struck between them. at the same time he is going to michigan tomorrow, where he will make the same case to autoworkers, the same types of middle-class people who helped him get elected in the industrial midwest. >> demo
and is going to the end the year with the fiscal cliff with the tax increase issues. mcdonald's not so much. their sales are up 2.4%. then about 14,100 stores and united states. they did surprisingly well with the chatter on and bacon sandwich. the keep innovating products. i know you're saying tedder bacon and onion is not innovative and someone who is walking into mcdowell said does not watch television can see that they get a soda for a dollar. this will hurt other competitors. mcdonald's is for a long-term patient investor. not for someone with diabetes ends not for some with cholesterol. >> facebook is down to 19. they have had a nice run. this whole thing with is the gramm and twitter and people on twitter are really upset that there is the gramm pictures are no longer showing up inside twitter. is this in the face with a bid to curb the competition? >> it's kind of like a fight. facebook owns and said gramm and imagine he has p.m. being shown on television for free. it is not going happen. and saddam will not be on twitter anymore. these two big companies are shooting each other. the
of tax hikes for wealthier americans as it is? >> people talk about the fiscal cliff as if it is one thing. it is three. there's the obamacare taxes. to pay for obamacare were delayed until after he got himself safely elected. so in the next decade there are a trillion dollars of higher taxes. five of those big ones start january 1st. that is one part. part two, the bush tax cuts disappearing. that is $500 billion tax increase next year, 2013. and then the third part which is the spending restraint, sequester, which obama wants to put off. that would save 1.2 trillion over a decade. he wants to put it off and spend the 1.2 trillion. melissa: all true but, you know what? at this point it seems like it is not resonating with the averaae american. go out and look at polls. quinnipiac said 77% of all republicans think it is a bad idea for lawmakers to promise never to raise taxes. >> no, no, read that poll. melissa: reading it verbatim. >> the question was, should you not raise taxes on the high income earners, whatever. melissa: to never raise taxes on wealthy under any circumstance? >>
. that doesn't avoid the fiscal cliff, does it? >> it avoids the tax side of the fiscal cliff. and most of the cuts in spending, except for defense and the president sees no interest in having a strong defense and we'll litigate that next year and there are opportunities to debate the spending, defense and entitlement issues next year, get the tax issue off the table, the weakest one for the republicans and let the president own it -- >> end with a wimper, not a bang. >> yes, could be. >> chris: there you go, see you next week, don't forget, check out panel plus where our group picks up right with the discussion on our web site, foxnewssunday.com and we'll post the video before noon eastern time and follow us on twitter. @foxnewssunday. this program note: tune into fox news channel tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern for "fly me to the moon" anchored by neil cavuto it marks the 40th anniversary of the last time man walked on the lunar surface. up next on "final thoughts." about my best friend. ♪ i'm a conservative investor. i invest in what i know. i turned 65 last week. i'm getting married.
the fiscal cliff, does it? >> it avoids the tax side. there's still a spending problem. the president has no interest in us having a strong defense so i guess we can litigate that next year. there are other opportunities to debate spending, defense and entitlements. get the tax issues off the table. >> so the fiscal cliff. >> let the president own it. >> it ends with a witcher, not a -- whimper, not a bang. >> yes. >> there you go. thank you, panel. check out the panel plus where we pick up on our website, foxnewssunday.com and we'll post the video before noon eastern time. follow us on twitter @foxnewssunday. this program note. tune in to "fox news channel" tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern for fly me to the moon. chord by neil cavuto, a marks the 40th anniversary of the last time man walked on the lunar surface. next, some final thoughts about my best friend. >>. >> chris: we've been getting totaling here on sunday mornings for nine years now. i hope you don't mind my sharing some personal moments with you from my wife's sunday soup to the passing of my dad. well, i have something new to tel
on one. keep in mind they're the ones trying to do the deal here to avert this fiscal cliff. the tax hikes, the spending cutting scheduled for the first of the week now. join ming me from washington is senator olympia snowe. are you hearing -- what might you be hearing between the president and spirit? >> i think it is optimistic in the sense that at least they have met once again because i think that that is going to be crucial and central to any resolution, to the fiscal cliff crisis. and the more they meet and more that they have these lines of communications opened on a daily basis and their staffs are meeting, the more likely we'll see a conclusion to this issue. but it is regrettable that it is this late in the day, given the uncertainty and the apprehension that it continues to create among the american people, and, of course, both within the markets here and abroad. but i think it is hopeful that they have begun to meet and have some discussions because i think we can breathe a sigh of relief that the lines of communication are open. >> are you breathing that sigh of relief?
and focusing on the expiring tax cuts as we near this fiscal cliff. we're going to bring their remarks live as they happen. first, christine romans has a look at what it would be like he if the country let those tax cuts expire, and we go off the so-called fiscal cliff. >> reality track says one in three homes sold short. right now you don't owe taxes on the forgiven debt. on the other side of the fiscal cliff you do. it gives homeowners a tax break on unpaid mortgage debt and expires on december 31st unless congress acts. >> the average amount that homeowners are short in a short sale is $95,000. if this tax break goes away as part of the so-called fiscal cliff, those homeowners could be taxed on that $95,000 as additional income starting in 2013. >> how much homeowners will owe in taxes on that amount depending on the tax bracket they're in. on average it would be between 20 to $25,000. the banks have an extra incentive to stel short and absorb the loss. under the national mortgage settlement act that went into effect earlier this year, the nation's biggest lenders get a credit for short
. and after the bell, the fiscal cliff debate takes a dark turn to the dreaded death tax. that's right. not even the grim reaper can escape the fiscal cliff. [ male announcer ] at scottrade, we believe the more you know, the better you trade. so we have ongoing webinars and interactive learning, plus, in-branch seminars at over 500 locations, where our dedicated support teams help you know more so your money can do more. [ rodger ] at scottrade, seven dollar trades are just the start. our teams have the information you want when you need it. it's another reason more investors are saying... [ all ] i'm with scottrade. another day where the markets are waiting for some clear sign on something. whether it's the fiscal cliff, the fed meeting. what are the proceed right now? >> we've got bob from s&p capital iq. steven wood and gordon shallop. great to have you all on the show. you normally get the priority of speaking first. what are you doing right now? >> right now we're anticipating for volatility. we knew it was going to be a volatile fourth quarter. there's a lot of policy induced vol
administration is more than willing to let america go right over the fiscal cliff. and he will not budge on the president's demands to raise taxes on the top income earners. >> if republicans do not agree to that is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff. >> oh, absolutely, an agreement doesn't involve those rates going up on the top 2%, only 2%, and all of those americans get a tax cut on the first $250,000 of their income. >> well, what if the obama administration lets it happen? what happens to the average american family. joining us here, is congressman randy forbes, nice to have you on the show. >> thank you, governor. >> let me ask you something, do you feel that the president actually wants it to happen so it gives him some political advantage? >> well, governor, i just have to judge that by two things, first of all, what i'm hearing from my colleagues on the democratic leadership side and told me as late as last week, they wanted to go over the fiscal cliff because we've argued all along they'll start by simply taxing everybody above 200,000, but that will contin
it's called fiscal cliff. and called radical tax increase. it was meant to cause a recession. the government felt in its infinite wisdom that -- >> you think it's a radical tax increase? >> i think so, yeah. i think you'll notice it in your paycheck for certain. >> that's absolutely for sure. >> your first check, second paycheck, then you get the chaos that bowles mentioned. and the chaos is, wow, i have much less to spend. i didn't know this was coming. alternative minimum tax being the silent killer who really understands how much more they have to pay, check at the end of the year. do the math. >> we saw it in the consumer sentiment numbers, and what it will be when the increases actually go through. most of that decline in sentiment that we saw on friday was from households earning more than $75,000. a higher income in this survey, households felt it the most, even though it's not here technically. >> one of the more interesting conversations over the weekend was bob corker saying, let's just go ahead, concede to the tax argument, which would flip the entire spotlight ont
. >>> wall street also watching as both sides inch to the fiscal cliff. not only are your taxes in the balance, so are americans' 401(k)s. and today, a holiday bonus, gas prices. we bring in bianna golodryga. the anchor of weekend "gma." you look at gas prices. on a pace to set a record. >> the average american household is expected to spend $4,000 a year on gasoline alone. remember, earlier this year, we saw gas prices at 3.92 a gallon back in april in the summertime. some places in the country, $5 a gallon. today, take a look at this, $3.35 and by christmas time, estimates say we will see $3.20 a gal don. a lot has to do with post sandy. the supply is back up and the hope is that consumers will take the money and spend it shopping. >> that is the hope. and jobs number, better than expected. unemployment now to 7.7%. and bianna, people watching tonight, where are the jobs? >> that is the question. we did some digging and here is what we found. not a surprise. retail up, 53,000 up in, and professional, hospitality and restaurants. hotels and 23,000 and health care up 20,000. the
, going over the fiscal cliff will trigger huge hikes in the death tax. >> our wealth editor robert frank breaks it down now. >> thanks, bill. the estate tax could go up even more and become a big problem for any kind of cliff deal. let's take a look. the current tax is around 30%. only those worth $5 million or more have to file. if we go off the cliff, it will shoot to 55%. anyone with an estate with $1 million or more will have to file. that will cost many more in the estate tax. many prefer the tax is abolished. obama wants a 45% rate and $3.5 million cutoff. that's midway between today's rates and the old rate. now the problem is even some democrats are siding with republicans. they say they want to keep the current rates. so all sides here remain very far apart. this matters because wealthy families need to rewrite their wills, their charity plans. and for the country there are hundreds of billions of dollars of taxes at stake. it's also a hugely symbolic tax. the left says these estate taxes are important to curb family dynasties. and they also call it the paris hilton tax. the rig
to break the tax and spending stalemate that threatens to take the country over the fiscal cliff in just over three weeks. meanwhile, one by one republicans are bowing to the president's demand that taxes go up for the wealthy. >> will i accept a tax increase as a part of a deal to actually solve our problems? yes. >> we don't have a lot of cards as it relates to the tax issue before year end. i mean, we have one house, that's it. the presidency and the senate in the democrats' hands. >> since we agree with democrats, 98% of the american people and 80% of the bush tax cuts, to me i would get that off the table so they don't worry about it. >> reporter: democrats insist taxes are going up on the rich no matter what. >> if you don't increase tax rates on the highest 2% of income earners, you cannot generate enough revenue to have meaningful deficit reduction. >> reporter: republicans want big spending cuts to programs like medicare and says. >> we don't want to be back here in another year, another ten years answering the same questions. >> reporter: as the talks continue on both sides of
in favor of cutting these taxes that have been raised because we did not solve this before the fiscal cliff. he can turn and say to my want to restore some of this funding that my secretary of defense and joint chiefs of staff told me i need to restore and can position himself as sort of the protector of u.s. national security. so there are some clear incentives to the president to lead the country over the fiscal cliff. do i think that's what he wants? probably not, but do i think there are incentives for him to do it temecula. gerri: never looked at it that way. as you look at this debate on going, there are a lot of folks who say we will be flirting with recession or in recession if we do go over the cliff. do you agree? >> that happens only if we go off the cliff and stay off for an extended amount of time. to we don't go into recession just because we don't have a resolution on january the first. it's a question of whether we have no resolution at that time but it seems that it's likely to a come within a short tme. the longer we go into january with no resolution the more likely that
is improving. for the fiscal cliff she represent as balanced solution. spending cuts and a increase in taxes. kron 4 news. >>> we have clear skies out there across the bay area on this sunday evening after a spectacular weekend. it was cool on saturday. it was foggy but today just an "a" plus day. sunshine. temperatures in the 60s and 70s. and even right now, san jose and san francisco in the upper 50s. antioch mid-50s. cooler for union city, 49 degrees. tonight clear skies every place but there could be a few patches of dense fog at the ground and to the north bay valleys. best chance is closer to sun rise. we could have limited visibility. rest of the day, lots of sunshine. another mild day. most places get into the 60. look for increasing clouds tuesday from a weather system in the pacific. right now clear skies. and the storm track is into alaska. there sadevelopping storm there -- is a developing storm there. it will bring us rain and cooler temperatures wednesday. noon tomorrow, we are clear. clouds off shore and remains that way for monday night and into tuesday morning but by tuesday
-called fiscal cliff. in addition, several key tax benefits are scheduled to expire at the end of the year that will have a direct impact on the pocketbooks of many americans. take a couple with one child living in new york earning $100,000. their tax rate jumps from 25% to 28%. they could be hit by the alternative minimum tax. the child tax credit drops from $1,000 to $500, and payroll taxes could be $2,000 more next year. for a single 25-year-old in michigan who works for time earning $30,000 a year and going to school part time, his tax rate would stay the same at 15%, but he would lose the american education tax credit and have to pay more than $600 in payroll taxes. and even though it's weeks before the changes would take effect, the impact is already being felt because of uncertainty. 401(k) plans are taking a hit. several companies have put a freeze on hiring. and the next thing to watch for, the retail sector which makes most of its money in the final weeks of the year. >> i'm shortening down the list a lot. just doing the essentials, taking care of the priorities first, and then t
a deal on the fiscal cliff or else automatic spending cuts and tax hikes will kick in and with the fiscal cliff looming, our consumers feeling at all concerned? christine romans joins us now from new york with that. good morning, christine. >> good morning, ted. first, let me tell you what's going right in the economy for consumers. there's a whole host of things. the job markets, 7.7% unemployment, the lowest in four years. you've got the housing market showing signs of recovery. rising home values in much of the country. gas prices, did you notice? they're down 46 cents over the past couple of months. they're expected to keep going lower and the dow is up 20 points now. the dow is above 1,300 and the s&p 500 is up 12% this year. so, what could go wrong? fiscal cliff. this is something weighing op consumer sentiment and we're starting to see it in the weekly -- look at this -- 39% said it would affect it some. they don't seem to have much faith in congress to fix it and any time except 11th hour and maybe a week into the new year and there's this payroll tax holiday that most people have
of the fiscal cliff. as you know, republicans have talked about the very least extending the middle class tax cuts, taking up that piece of legislation. it would be better if we could deal with all of the issues as part of an agreement, but even republicans, lots of them, are saying, you know, worst case scenario, they would pass the middle class tax cut extension, which is a significant component of the fiscal cliff. it's not all of it, because you also have the see quester. you also have the payroll tax cut extension issue. of course, you have the president's jobs initiatives which he has proposed as part of an effort not just to maintain the current level of economic activity, but to increase it and put more people back to work. best case scenario is we get an agreement that resolves all those issues as well as the debt ceiling, but at the very least i think we would avoid big pieces of the fiscal cliff. thanks for joining us today. >> good to be with you. >> what will come from the closed door meeting between the president and speaker pain every wresh we'll talk with bill daley, former ch
very much. >>> one aspect of the fiscal cliff debate that hasn't been hardly noticed is the estate tax. how much gets taxed when the move is moved from one generation it the next? >> death and taxes may be certain, but the death tax as its called is in limbo. the reason, well, the fiscal cliff. the current rate is 35%. only those estates worth 5 million or more have to file. if we go off the cliff the rate shoots up to 55%. anyone worth an estate worth $1 million or more has it file. that will catch tens of thousands of tax payers in the net of the estate tax. republicans want it abolished or current rates to be made permanent. obama wants 45% rate and 3.5 million cut off. that mid way between today's rates and old rate. the problem is that even some democrats are siding with republicans saying they want it keep current rates. all the sides here tyler remain very far apart. wealthy families need 20 rewrite their wills and charity plans. for the country, there are hundreds of billions of dollars at stake. under old rates, they raise $532 billion by 2021. obama plan raised around $270 bi
auto workers to avert the fiscal cliff. the president will tour a suburb of detroit which is all a part of the president's plan to raise taxes on the well, the nest% and over the weekend, it was their first one-on-one meeting and we will hear whether any progress was made. >>> they are expected to pass a key hurdle today. they will have to tell perspective renters whether it is smoke-free or optional. the committee takes place today and if passed, and they say employment is key to reducing violence in oakland but funding for the resource center has come into question in opposition they have put up illuminated billboard but they may vote to cut the amount of medical marijuana that patients are allowed to have. >>> they scrapped current three pounds of dry levels of marijuana. with 12 immature plants and 8 ounces per patient. >>> they are holding one more community meeting in their search for the next police chief. it is the last of four. they would lining to see he is retiring after more than two years. it will be on the south side on cuddle road. >>> you can expect periodic lane closure
that there is additional tax revenue in any fiscal cliff deal, right? >> jon, no question about that. they have been consistent from the very beginning. the president ran on the upper income americans paying more taxes as part of this deal. we heard more from chuck schumer on "fox news sunday". >> we democrats realize that there have to be two sides to this bargain but we're not going back to what we did in 2011. we both revenues and cuts on the table and ended up with just getting cuts because the other side wouldn't accept the revenues. >> reporter: a lot of folks on both sides feel like this is critical week. we're getting close to the end of the year. you need to give lawmakers a chance to put whatever deal it nice legislative language and sell to constituents and ultimately vote on it and hopefully send it to the president's desk. jon. jon: we'll see what happens. not a lot of time left. mike emanuel, thank you. jenna: another u.s. drone strike delivering a blow to al qaeda. we're learning about this for the very first time today. pakistani intelligence reporting the strike late last week took
. the fiscal cliff involves nearly four dollars of anticipated revenue from higher taxes for every dollar of spending cuts, yet the president wants more revenue and fewer spending cuts. if we fell off the cliff, his plan calls for another round of stimulus spending. you have got to be kidding me. what the president's plan lacks is any reform in our entitlement system. the unrestrained growth in entitlement system is driving deficits and driving the debt even higher than the percentage of our gdp. it is estimated to be as high as $128 trillion. even if they confiscate all of the income that excesses $1 million, we cannot pay for the entitlement commitments that the federal government has made. we have made promises to ourselves that we simply cannot keep. without some sensible entitlement reform, our credit rating will be downgraded again. we will become a country that none of us recognize. secondly, fiscal plans failed to achieve their government budget deficit or debt reduction goals. dr. hassett has examined fiscal plans in other countries. on average, unsuccessful plans proposed an inc
before the fiscal cliff's automatic spending cuts and tax hikes kick in, a new politico/gw poll shows 60% of americans favor higher taxes for people making $250,000 or more a year. that hasn't changed. the politics of taxes hasn't changed. ari shapiro, michelle bernard, and chris join me. the president, boehner, behind closed doors, they're not reading anything. they did it without any other leaders. i think the real negotiations have finally started. >> that's a good sign when we're not hearing much, when they're saying everything is a disaster or we're making progress. when they're meeting and saying we're not going to tell anybody what happened behind closed doors, to me that's getting somewhere. >> look at the clock. if everybody wants to get up. senator joe man offion. the smell of the jet fumes from national all want to be out here before the 24th. if if the bill on the 18th it at the latest, that means to get a bill written like that you need to have the frame wok by the 14th or 15th. today is the 10th. >> the framework a little plug and play. >> you can do an extension. if it rea
. his son was also injured. >> the president and house speaker met to discuss the so-called fiscal cliff. they have until january 1st to extend the bush-era tax cuts. americans will see massive cuts to social spending. they didn't comment on the meeting today but other republicans are considering a raise in taxes for the wealthiest americans if it will help get a deal done. >> we have spun ourselves into a hole and we're not going to borrow money and get out of it. will i accept a tax increase as a part of a deal to actually solve our problems? yes. >> here is what cuts could come if a deal isn't made in time. military budget would be cut by $500 billion over ten years. schools could be cut. some ideas to avoid the cliff is eliminating the tax deduction for charitable contributions and not allowing homeowners to write off mortgaged payments. >> gas prices are dropping. national average for a gallon is 3.34. in california it's 3.63. in the bay area the average is 3.71 a gallon. >> snow has blanketed the midwest. it's made for severe driving conditions. >> difficult driving conditions and
steps to resolve the so-called fiscal cliff. president obama remains insistent th republicans yields to his ultimatum that he be allowed to raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 a year. republicans for their part insist that the president gets serious about cutting spending in order to reduce trillion dollar deficits and a national debt that is now mind-boggling league not -- monotonous. house minority leader disagrees vehemently with the speaker on how to reduce deficits and debt. today she offered a paradoxical statement on fiscal policy that would make both casey stiegel and yogi berra proud. the nation now just 24 days away from $600 billion of spending cuts and tax increases that will automatically kicked in. and pelosi has some wise words for washington. please listen terror. >> this is a moment of truth. the clock is ticking. christmas is coming. the goose is getng fat. in many homes across america it is very, very lean times. you cannot cut your way to deficit reduction. lou: tha's right. pelosi says we cannot get our way to deficit reduction. listen to the top democ
of wobbly? > > i think next year you're going to have an issue with a push and pull from the fiscal cliff. on the one hand, business owners will actually have some certainty what tax rates are going to be, and that's a positive. that may unleash some hiring. and on the other hand, you are going to have tax increases. and that is actually not good for shorter-term growth. > brent schutte from bmo harris. thanks so much. > > thank you. still ahead, christmas may have come early for drivers. gasoline prices are headed lower. more on that next. w prices at the pump continue to slide. gas prices are down 3 cents on average nationwide to $3.37. the ever-energetic phil flynn of price futures group and a fox business news contributor joins us this morning. good morning phil. > > good morning! am i bringing good news to america. merry christmas! > we love this for a monday phil. so what is going on with gas supplies? > > it is called reefer madness-no! it's refiner madness! > there you go. > > last week, refiners rose to the occasion. in the aftermath of hurricane sandy, of course, the markets wer
is a fantasy. we accept whatever obama wants dhaka duty triet if you want to with the fiscal cliff requires, much like the land of oz with the person hiding behind the machines to raise taxes now and they violated the fiscal cliff. t want to stand up and provide america the fiscal clef, do you want to go on the national and explain that you are so reactionary and out of touch with life that you don't care that america is going to die late on their state? it's all right if that is the kind of person that you are. you will never be on television because after all, you are clearly weird. [laughter] let me start with the fiscal cliff right here and say there is no fiscal cliff. conservatives and republicans are demoralized. get over it. we did a number of stupid things. they were smarter than we work, work harder than we did, fought longer than we did, did some clever things. ronald reagan, one of the most important single statements is february, 1975 in washington that the conservative political action committee meeting. now, i was part of this. i have no sense of timing. so i picked one. [lau
the fiscal cliff. in 22 days we go over that edge. that's when sweeping tax hikes and spending cuts kick in unless a deal gets done. after 23 days without uttering a word to each other face-to-face, that is, president obama and house speaker john boehner sat down at the white house yesterday. they talked. so let's bring in brianna keilarment she is live in washington. so congress is scheduled to break for the holidays later this week. where do we go from here? how are these talks? >> we don't know. that's the thing. we know they spoke. in fact, it's somewhat remarkable that both the white house and speaker boehner's office put out statements simply saying that the two men had spoken. the lines of communication are open. and they were the same verbatim. that is something you can look at as some progress, perhaps. certainly it is promising may be the better way to put it. there is coordination there. they seem to be talking in good faith, trying to keep, i guess, their cards very close to the vest. and that is something that maybe is seen as promising. again, there is no word on actual pro
it comes to the fiscal cliff crisis. because in just 22 days americans face severe tax hikes and spending cuts unless these two leaders can find a way to compromise. now neither side would discuss specifics about their conversation. but after yesterday's white house meeting, a spokesman for the president said "the lines of communication remain open." now that may be music to the ears of former white house chief of staff erskine bowles, one half of the bowles-simpson reduction duo. >> they started a tango now. you know, any time you got two guys in there tangoing, you have a chance to get it done. >> brianna keilar is live now from washington. we don't have a lot of details about what went on in that meeting. maybe if they're both not talking, that may be a good thing. >> that's right. in fact, we have almost absolutely no details. the things that really interesting, though, to observers here is the statement that came out from the white house and from the speaker's office. they're the same statement verbatim. they're not leaking details. and that's something that you may see as possibly a
. >> if republicans do not agree to that is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> absolutely. there's no process in agreement that doesn't involve those rates going up on the top 2 percent of the wealthiest members. only 2 percent. all of those americans, too, get a tax cut. the obama administration is happening what happens for the aying american families. we have congressman randy forbes. >> let me ask you something. do you feel like a president actually wants this to happen so that it gives him some political ad vantage? >> i have to judge that by two things. first of all what i am hearing from my colleagues on the democratic leadership side they said they wanted to go over the fiscal cliff because we have argued all along they will start by simply taxing everybody over 250,000. they told me they wouldn vote fr anything that would tax everybody over 150,000. you take the president's actions. the president doesn't want to get an agreement or compromise he wants to get his way. he won't come to the table with any serious proposal because we can get a solution everybody can l
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